I remember walking down the isle to join the man I love at the altar. entering a room full of happy onlookers was coupled with anxiousness and joy. The walk seemed like it took forever.
Today, as an ordained wedding officiant, I have witnessed many brides walk down the isle. Some of the processionals have been memorable others not so much.
Here are a few tips to follow. When you look back on your wedding day pictures and the video of your processional hopefully you will have a big smile.
1. Decide who will walk with you. This may seem like a no brainer, but I have found that many brides with or without fathers have opted to have their mother, son, brother or friend walk them down the isle. Make sure they are dressed similar to other participants in the wedding party for uniformity. Or, do something different and walk alone.
2. Decide how your bridal party will enter. The bridesmaids may enter separately or on the arm of a groomsmen. What do you envision as the best entry? look at the individuals to see if they are better together or apart. If you have all short men and very tall women esthetically, you might want the groomsmen waiting at the altar with the groom.
3. Take your time. As the bride you are the center of attention. Take slow steps down the isle. You want to give the photographer enough time and every opportunity to capture the perfect shot.
4. Choose children wisely. I remember my ring bearer as if it were yesterday. He entered the church and saw all of the people and started to cry and ran back up the isle. He was two. The people, lights and camera were all overwhelming. Makes sure your flower girls and ring bearer is old enough to handle the excitement of the ceremony.
5. Settle the nerves. This is probably the most important day of your life. If the thought of a room full of people sends you over the top with emotions, focus on your groom and your love. The man that you plan to spend the rest of your life with.
6. Joy is good. Smile, cry, laugh, just enjoy the amazing moment that will change your life.